A Comment or Two Can Make a Difference

Real Estate Agent with TopBroker Network Real Estate

In the last 2 years here on Active Rain, I've written a total of 31 blog posts; some rather mundane and mediocre, other ones, quite okay. Last November I wrote my twenty-first, a post about my fear of blogging or, my experience of becoming a "blog-o-phobic", if you will. Not the most amazing piece of writing by any means, it was the first blog post that felt most like me: honest, open, and a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor. Written with essentially no one reader in mind nor a specific agenda, for the first time, I felt a a tiny shred of purpose for all of this and that perhaps, blogging might finally become easier and the words would now flow more freely. Yes, and parenting is no longer an issue when the kid goes off to college. Riiiiiight....

Almost 6 months later, I'm still slogging and blogging away, still unsure of the mechanics of it and social networking in general (adding links, photos, widgets, etc.)  Fear still occasionally weaves its way among my fingers and keyboard, yet all the same, this doesn't seem to matter as much as it once did. Instead of focusing entirely on how I don't get the mechanics of technology, I'm learning to just do what I love most about blogging - the writing itself.

Today I received a comment on this very post from none other than Todd Clark. Kind of a big deal for me, for I had just read about him on a post written by AR's wonderful Katerina Gasset. I think he's a terrific human being, and this was my very first comment from him! When I clicked on my post, I re-read all 11 comments made, including blogger Cherimie Crane, written November 21, 2008. She, too, another terrific human being and writer, I had completely forgotten she'd commented on my silly little blog post and how much her words meant to me! Cherimie wrote:


This was a super blog!!!! Seriously, I love your writing style. Please don't change, just sit down and let it flow~~~~.You have a very unique style, don't worry, the kinks will work themselves out; however, no one can teach you to write just like YOU:)

Fast forward to April 26, 2009, and this is what Todd shared:

Enjoy yourself. Don't worry what others think and just keep posting. Then one day someone will find something of yours that strikes a cord and they will call, but if you don't write at all, they will never find that magic post that says "Hey, I have to hire this person."

Hence, I write this post to share the power of words; how they can shape, motivate, illuminate. The writing isn't any easier, but expressiveness is. Mechanics will come. Writing won't if you don't actually do just that - write. Something. Anything. And while you're at it, please feel free to comment.  =)

*With special thanks to Todd, Katerina, and Cherimie.

Comments (8)

Bill Saunders, RealtorĀ®
Meyers Realty - Hot Springs, AR

Hey Carin,

I share a complete blogophobic psychology. I see all this content on AR and figure "what can I possibly add to this?". So I sit and lurk and read a lot, and comment a little.

You DO have a good writing style. It flows very well and your phraseology is very good. Keep on!!!

BTW, how's the historic home coming?

all the best


Apr 26, 2009 11:01 PM
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

You are so right.  The blogs I enjoy writing the most are the ones that I am not concerned about comments, points, etc.  You do have a great writing skill so keep blogging. 

Have a great day.
Irene Tron
Real Estate in Valparaiso, IN

Apr 27, 2009 01:19 AM
Wendy Welborne-Kimery
Keller Williams-Lake Norman Mooresville,NC - Mooresville, NC

Karin, :0) Here's to Blogging!  Have a great week.

Apr 27, 2009 01:40 AM
Judy Schneider
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

As far as blogging goes, I am still new. I am looking forward to learning more about the process. What better place is there to learn! Active Rain has been wonderful! There is so much support here!!

Keep Blogging! I need the inspiration!!

Apr 27, 2009 01:40 AM
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

It's "baby steps".  The important thing is to start.  The quality of your blogging will probably improve over time.  I'm trying to get my office partner to "start" but she's afraid that no one will care to read what she has to say.  "Balderdash", I say.  The longest journey starts with the first step.

Apr 27, 2009 01:42 AM
Carin Arrigo-Zimmer
TopBroker Network Real Estate - Orange, CA
TopBroker Network Real Estate

Bill ~ You always add something to the discussion, my Arkansas friend! Thanks. As for the historic home? Listing agreement is scheduled to sign on Tuesday. Look for a post coming soon. Wonderful sellers!

Irene ~ I look forward to reading your blog posts!

Wendy ~ You have a great week as well!

Judy ~ There is an abundance of support here on Active Rain. I'm still new at all of this too! Thank YOU for inspiring me. =)

Tom ~ Not sure how it works for others, but the more honestly I write with no particular agenda in mind, the more I enjoy the process. Thanks for the kind reminder and importance of taking those first "baby steps"!

Apr 27, 2009 03:34 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Carin, You do an excellent job of writing.  Just write and they will come.

May 05, 2009 02:19 PM
Carin Arrigo-Zimmer
TopBroker Network Real Estate - Orange, CA
TopBroker Network Real Estate

Hi Judi, Thanks so much for your kind words.  Anyone from a company called "Integrity Real Estate Services" is humbly appreciated!

May 05, 2009 03:24 PM